Groups for emergent readers build confidence and stamina especially for those who experienced formal education as failure.
‘The group built confidence to read aloud, builds self-esteem’
For more experienced readers the groups challenge comfort zones and provoke probing discussion.
‘a chance for meaningful discussion with like-minded people, which you rarely get in prison’
‘I’ve learned to listen to others’
The books are chosen by the groups and are theirs to keep or pass on to family or other prisoners on the wing.
‘It’s nice to have something new that belongs to you. You can go back to it or pass it on to a mate’